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Robb  Larson, M.S., P.E.
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and 
Industrial Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

phone  (406) 994-6420
fax       (406) 994-6292

Teaching Focus: 

  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology 
    Component and System Design, "Capstone" Design
  • Wind Energy and Alternative Energy Systems
  • Engineering Measurements & Instrumentation
  • Automated Data Acquisition, Field Data Collection and Analysis
  • Computer-Aided Design and Analysis

Service, past and present: 

  • MSU Faculty Senate, MSU EFAC Committee, MSU Grievance Committee
  • MIE Computer Committee, MIE Lab Committee,
  • MET Curriculum Committee, MET Faculty search committee
  • Montana 4H Congress, COE 'LEAP' camp
  • WTI 'REU' program, MSU 'Peaks and Potentials' Camp,
  • MSU 'Catapalooza' Event, Presenter to COE Alumni, Presenter to MSU President's Advisory Council 
  • Montana Apprenticeship Program Student Sponsor, Undergraduate Scholars Program Student Sponsor
  • Faculty Advisor for MSU Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) club 
    & the "Bobcat Motor Sports" Formula SAE Race Car team and Formula Baja Race Car team.
  • Faculty Advisor for MSU "Hellcats" Hockey Club - now Bobcat Hockey

Recent Honors and Awards: 

  • Featured "MVP - "Most Valuable Professor" - During Bobcat Football Game Day Fall 2010
  • MSU Outstanding Instructor Award in Mechanical Engineering Spring 2005
  • MSU Teaching and Learning Committee Innovative Teaching Award 2005


  • Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 2011 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 2005 - 2011
  • Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2004-2005
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2001-2004
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1993-2001
    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    MSU Bozeman, MT
  • Mechanical Engineering Consulting , Self-employed, 1996 - Present
  • Senior Mechanical Design Engineer & Project Engineer, McDonnell Douglas Technologies, Inc., San Diego, CA 1988-90
  • Senior Mechanical Design Engineer & Project Engineer, General Dynamics Convair Division, San Diego, CA 1982-88


  • P.E., State of Montana, 1996
  • E.I.T., State of Montana, 1982

Recent Research & Grants

  • Wind Turbine Manufacturing Development, Co- PI, U.S. Department of Energy, 2010
  • Wind Montana Program subcontract award, U.S. Department of Labor, 2009 - present
  • Montana Wind Applications Center, U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2008 - present
  • Avalanche and Snow Dynamics instrumentation development, 2003-present
  • Vehicle-Based Winter Maintenance Technologies, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, 2006
  • Montana State University Teaching and Learning Committee Innovative Teaching Grant, "Portable Laboratory", 2005
  • Video Traffic Surveillance Systems Development, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, 2003-2006. Principle Investigator on Montana Department of Transportation contract. 
  • Mobile Research Laboratory Design, Development, Construction and Test:
    Principle Investigator on University Transportation Center Grant through
    Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, 2001-Present
  • Road and Weather Information Systems and 
    Highway Maintenance Decision Support, for 
    Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) through
    Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, 2000
  • Intelligent Transportation System planning, for
    Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
    Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University, 1999
  • Instrumentation Development and Impact Analysis of reinforced
    graphite laminates. Pratt & Whitney Corporation, 1998
  • Diesel Locomotive Engine Component Engineering 
    Livingston Rebuild Center, 1997

Recent Consulting:

  • MacDonald Law Office, PLLC; Forensics/Product Liability, 2008 - 2009

  • Judnich Law Office; Forensics/Product Liability, 2008 - 2012

  • Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP; Product testing, patent Infringement, 2007 - 2008

  • Montana Black Gold Archery Equipment; Design Consultation 2006
  • Berg Law Firm, Forensics/Product Liability, 2004
  • RAM Environmental LLC, Plan reviews, 2000 - 2003
  • Trophy Ridge Archery Equipment, Product Testing, 2002
  • MSU Department of Ecology, Cold Regions Instrumentation System Design, 2002
  • Textbook Reviews: McGraw-Hill 2002, Prentice Hall, 2001, Brooks/Cole 1999, Addison-Wesley, 1998
  • Allied Engineering Services, Water Quality and Biological Sensor Instrumentation,  2001
  • State of Montana, Office of the Attorney General, Mechanical Component Failure Analysis,  2000
  • Spectrum Pool Products, Hydraulic System Testing & Analysis, 1999
  • Addison Wesley Publishers, Contributing Author,  1998
  • BioSurface Technologies, Laboratory Equipment Design,  1995-2002
  • HSM Incorporated, Mechanical Component Design,  1997
  • Mechanical Design, Analysis & CAD Drawings
    Pneumatic, Hydraulic System Design & Analysis
    Patent Drawings and Sketches
    Extrusion Die & Tooling Design
    Manufacturing Support
    Site Plans, As-Built Engineering Drawings & Drafting 

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers)
  • ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education)
  • Bridger Bowl Association Board of Directors,  Bridger Ski Education Foundation, Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited

Recent Publications:

  • Larson, R. Miller, D. "Capstone Organization in Continuous Design-Build Projects." Presented at the 2012 ASEE National Conference, San Antonio,TX, June 2012. Paper published in Conference Proceedings, 2012.

  • Bones, J., Miller, D., Larson, R. “Exploring the effectiveness of explosives for avalanche control.” Presented, and published in the proceedings of the  International Society of Explosives Engineers 38th Annual Conference on Explosives & Blasting Technique. February 2012, Nashville, TN.

  • Larson, R., Adams, E., Marley, R., Yudell, A., McCammon, C., Larson, S. “The Avalanche Dummy – Development and testing of a system to measure loads and forces experienced by an avalanche victim, using an automotive crash test dummy.” Presented at the 2008 International Snow Science Workshop, September 2008, Whistler, BC, Canada. Published in Conference Proceedings, 2008.

  • Larson, R., "A Snapshot of Success - How Student-initiated Automotive Design Became Integrated into the ME and MET Curricula", Presented at the 2008 ASEE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008. Paper published in Conference Proceedings, 2008.

  • Larson, R., White Paper: “Utilizing MSU’s Mobile Testing Laboratory for In-Situ Evaluation of Seasonal Snowmelt.” Montana State University Internal Distribution, 2008.

  • Cook, K., Larson, R., "Mechanical Engineering Technology Senior Year Course Integration Model", Presented at the 2008 ASEE National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008. Paper published in Conference Proceedings, 2008.

  • Larson, R., Cundy, V., " Combined ME/MET Capstone Projects at Montana State University: Organization, Issues, Case Studies, and Lessons Learned". Presented at the 1st Annual Capstone Design Conference, June 14-16 2007, Boulder CO. Published in Conference Proceedings, 2007.

  • Cook, K., Larson, R., Fisher, K., "Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Enhancement:  Preparing Graduates for Future Professional Success", Presented at the 2007 ASEE National Conference, Honolulu, HI, June 2007. Paper published in Conference Proceedings, 2007.

  • Xianming S., Strong, C., Larson, R., Kack, D., Cuelho, E., Fay, L., El Ferradi, N., Seshadri, A., O'Keefe, K., "Synthesis of Vehicle-Based Winter Maintenance Technologies"  NCHRP 20-7 Task 200, 2006. Prepared for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C. through Western Transportation Institute, College of Engineering, Montana State University.

  • Xianming S., Strong, C., Larson, R., Kack, D., Cuelho, E., Fay, L., El Ferradi, N., Seshadri, A., O'Keefe, K., "Vehicle-Based Sensor Technologies for Winter Maintenance: A Critical Review", 2006. Submitted for publication in the 2007 Transportation Research Record series (Journal of the Transportation Research Board). TRB Paper #07-1841.

  • Larson, R., “Urban Video Traffic Sampling”, Final Report, 2005
  • Larson, R., “WTI Mobile Laboratory” –  Final Report 2005 
  • Larson, R., “WTI Mobile Laboratory” - Interim Reports 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Cundy, V.A., Cook, K.R., Cox, D.R., Larson, R. and Martindale, W.R., “Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Revision Experiment at Montana State University”, 2000 International Mechanical Engineers Congress & Exposition (IMECE), MET Department Heads Committee (METDHC) Orlando, FL, Nov. 2000. 
  • Larson, R., “Exercise Equipment Failure Analysis”, Final Report for State of Montana, Office of the Attorney General, 2000. 
  • Strong, C., Larson, R. and McAlister, A., 1999. "Intelligent Transportation Systems Maintenance Plan." Volumes 1 and 2, for State of Oregon Department of Transportation, Technical Services, Traffic Management Section, Intelligent Transportation Unit. Contracted through Western Transportation Institute, Department of Civil Engineering, Montana State University.
  • Cairns, D. S., Larson, R., Cook, A., Quigley, T., 1998, "Aircraft Engine Composite Fan Blade Material Candidates: Performance Characterization and Assessment," for Pratt & Whitney under the DARPA sponsored Affordable Composites for Propulsion (ACP) program, through the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State University
  • George, A. H. and Larson, R. 1997. "Reverse Engineering of General Electric Diesel Engine Cylinder Liners,
    Final Report." Livingston Rebuild Center, Inc., Task Order 97-1.
  • Larson, R. 1992. "Development of Apparatus for In-Situ Erosion Monitoring of Surfaces Immersed in
    High Temperature Fluidized Beds", MS Thesis, Montana State University.

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